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OMG - Got a job! Need a wardrobe!

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RubysReturn Thu 17-Sep-09 19:03:50

Job is school based. I think smart rather than suited and booted. I have good shoes and bag in black and brown.

Have boobs, bum and waist (not in that order) and am over 40. I tend to look better in natural strong colours rather than anything too artificial.

I have my interview outfit so need at least 4 others!

I have a week, so online possible.

Where shall I start O wise ones?

NB have spent last 10 years looking like aging surfer hippy grin

RubysReturn Thu 17-Sep-09 19:29:23

does no-one care?

Mutt Thu 17-Sep-09 19:32:36

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RubysReturn Sat 19-Sep-09 17:21:40

Right, I'll have another try as it is the weekend.

Come on, help me! Otherwise I could be sacked for looking like I should be in a pta meeting!

sassy Sat 19-Sep-09 17:32:08

I work as a sec teacher and would suggest you need

wide black trews, other trews (maybe tweedy?)
couple of skirts - knee length or just above is good for looking smart but not too trendy
Couple of dresses accessorised with chunky jewellry, bright tightds, scarves - I've just bought one from Wallis
Some bright cardis esp short sleeved(schools are warm once the heating goes on)

Don't spend too much - schools are dirty places and chairs often have gum/ breaks in plastic that snag your tights. Most of my work stuff comes from boring Next and cheapo places like Matalan, New Look etc.

And congrats!

janeite Sat 19-Sep-09 20:13:43

Congratulations. I am a secondary teacher and tend to wear things like:

pencil skirt, cami and fitted cardigan

wide legged grey trousers and wrap shirt, or cami and fitted cardigan

1950s shape skirt with fitted cardigan or v neck jumper

Narrow leg trousers with cami and longer length cardigan

Gap have 50% off next weekend and are often good for work trousers.

M&S Limited Collection do fitted three-quarter length t-shirts which are good quality and nice with a tanktop or under a cardigan (better than a shirt, since you have boobs).

Linea in House of Fraser sometimes have good deals on trousers, cardigans or cute silk blouses.

French Connection good for workish skirts and basic cardigans.

janeite Sat 19-Sep-09 20:14:43

Sorry - 30% not 50% - wishful thinking!

RubysReturn Sun 20-Sep-09 12:24:41

Have indeed bought wide legg black trews grin
Have found a fitted slighted elasticated shirt that is fairly flattering and comfy, rather than booby.

I think I'll give skirts a miss as legs are awful and tights too easy to snag it seems!

Thanks for ideas for shops - don't think Ive bought much anywhere than fatface for years blush

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 13:22:39

Glad you found something. Where did you get your shirt?

If you have a waist, I think you'd look great in a skirt - could always wear with knee high boots once the weather is cooler. Black opaques are the way to go - and don't snag!

RubysReturn Sun 20-Sep-09 13:27:40

Shirt was M&S blush
Am so uncool!

this one
is surprisingly flattering in the dark brown

RubysReturn Sun 20-Sep-09 13:28:11

knee high boots rather a challenge with chunky calves. Need to earn some £ before I can get duoboots!

NoahDear Sun 20-Sep-09 13:29:33

depends what your school is like
i worked at one where it was all suits.
now I am at one where as long as it aint jeans you can wear what you like - crops, flip flops

CybilLiberty Sun 20-Sep-09 13:30:34

I am starting to wear smart jeams and hang the consequences

NoahDear Sun 20-Sep-09 13:31:20

me too
i look at days the SMT are out on courses and wear... gasp,.. my grey cords.
cover hte top wiht a cardi and it loks less jeanish

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 13:42:45

We have to wear 'smart business type wear' and the men have to be jacketed and tied. Easy in Autumn and Winter but I really struggle in summer.

NoahDear Sun 20-Sep-09 13:43:24

imagine my delight to wear tailored shorts and birkenstocks!!

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 13:56:06

I do love wearing my tailored shorts though - I wear them with ballet flats and a silk cami and cardi and think they look okay but they are more comfortable than a 'suit-type' look.

RubysReturn Sun 20-Sep-09 14:20:31

My scarred lumpy legs mean the staffroom will be forever free of me in tailored shorts!

cornsillk Sun 20-Sep-09 14:24:09

phase eight wrap dresses are good for work - I got mine from ebay.

RubysReturn Sun 20-Sep-09 14:49:54

oh we have phase 8 outlet not too far away! Must visit

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